Sunday, November 29, 2020:
We Wait!

WELCOME to
ST JAMES' ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL!

Our church color is purple!
Here are the readings for this Sunday:
Here's what we're wondering about:
The 1st Sunday of ADVENT
1 Corinthians 1:3-7

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

(A lovely way to start a letter, don't you think? Grace is God's "free gift" - it builds us up, gives us strength and inspiration, is a helper and leads us to all good things. Grace to you! And peace!)

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(St Paul, the writer of this letter, has used A LOT of words to say something like: thank you, God, for the grace to fill and strengthen us, as we wait for Jesus' return. These gifts can help us wait - and wait well!)

What does waiting feel like?
When you have to wait, what do you do?
What ways do you recommend to make time pass well? (Share, please!)

This first week of Advent, we pray especially for HOPE.
Is hope a kind of waiting?
How is it the same, how is it different?
For what do you hope?
Waiting for Christmas!
Here's a sweet song (almost a lullaby) to share & learn during the days ahead: click here to listen.
It can be so hard to wait! Take a peek at these five tips to help children visualize time & strategize. . . gracefully.
(Uh oh, Veruca Salt!)
The long weeks of Advent will bring us to Christmas Day & Season:
here are some thoughts on savoring Advent and enjoying the wonder & joy of Christmastime. (In Tip #3, check out their Advent playlist.)
Special emails for you!
Check out fun and thoughtful activities, prayers, and crafts for Thanksgiving (and other days!) and for Advent - the weeks of waiting and preparation for Christmas!
figurines of the Holy Family at Christmas
Please write to me - how can we help you wait & be hopeful, these days? And send me photos of your Nativity sets & scenes! (This one's from me!)

Twice-a-month Zoom classes are here - thank you, Jenn & Kim! Current students & families, look for link in a separate email; next class is12/6! (We'll open up to new students later, thank you for your patience!) Email me for details.

Our Online Sunday School emails (like this one) continue, every weekend.

I'm sending prayers for health and well-being, patience, curiosity, peace, love, joy - and hope! Linda